Dussehra navaratri festival recipes

Dasara - Vijayadashmi - Indian fasting recipes

Dussehra Navaratri Festival recipes play an important part in making the Dasara / Navaratri festival more enjoyable. Navaratri / Dussehra is celebrated all over India in the month of October every year.

It is the tenth day in the month of 'Ashwin' according to Hindu calendar.

The festival celebration may differ in some ways in every state but the number of days remain same everywhere.

Navarathri (nav - nine + rathri - night) is a nine day festival and the tenth day is known as Vijayadashami (dasha / Das = ten).

In 2018

Navratri Day 1 - Pratipada - October 10, 2018 (Wednesday) - Start of Dasara celebration - Ghatasthapana
Day 2 - Tritiya, Chandraghanta pooja - October 11, 2018 (Thursday)

Day 3  - Chaturthi, Kushmanda pooja - October 12, 2018 (Friday)
Day 4  -  Panchami, Skandamata pooja - October 13, 2018(Saturday)
Day 5  -  Panchami, Saraswati avahan - October 14, 2018 (Sunday)
Day 6 -  Shashti, Saraswati pooja - October 15, 2018 (Monday)
Day 7  - Saptami, Kalaratri pooja - October 16, 2018 (Tuesday)
Day 8  - Ashtami, Durgashtami - October 17, 2018 (Wednesday)
Day 9  - Navami, Ayudh pooja - October 18, 2018 (Thursday)
Day 10 - Vjayadashami, Durga visarjan - October 19, 2018(Friday)

Navratri ends

In Karnataka state -

Dasara is celebrated as "Nadhabba' (means State festival) for ten days. The old capital of Karnataka, Mysore city palace is illuminated all the ten days.

There are cultural programs, music and dance festivals, theater and movie festivals, food festivals, exhibitions are very interesting parts of navaratri and dasara festival.

The whole city of Mysore wears a festive look and there are visitors from other states of India. Many foreigners visit Mysore during this time. Hotels and lodges are full.

The tenth day, the Vijayadashmi day, there is a procession which is witnessed by lakhs of people. Now a days, this procession is shown live on the TV too.

Homes are decorated. Many houses keep 'Golu', a stepped arrangement of dolls for 10 days. Everyday a different item is prepared and distributed to the visitors who come to see the 'golu.'

When we mention a festival, the food associated with that festival comes to mind immediately. Our childhood memories link these foods to the specific festivals. We eagerly wait for that favorite festival to arrive so that we can enjoy those foods in that particular atmosphere.

Of course now a day, you can have any food at any time. But having a particular festival food during the festival itself has a special charm.

Most festival recipes use the ingredients easily available in that particular season and therefore are also healthy for you.

Indian festival food is varied and because of the diversity of the regions, customs the variety is endless. The sweets , the namkeens(savories) are so mouth watering, it is difficult to resist them.

Dussehra - Navaratri recipes

Stir fried Chickpeas - Kabuli Chana sundal - Ghugri

 Made with kabuli chana - garbanzo beans, prepared on festivals such as  Ganesh chaturthi and distributed to the devotees as prasad, also served as a healthy snack.

- Made in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka.

It is a favorite Navaratri vrat / upvas recipe.

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Sabudana  -  sago vada  for Navaratri fasting - Upvas - Vrat

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Coconut Burfi - Narial ki burfi

Coconut burfi is a  sweet made with freshly grated coconut.

Very quick and easy, can be made at any festival time.

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In addition to these, you also have many more festival sweets as well as savories as given below.

Indian Festival Sweets

Besan burfi - Indian dessert

Besan burfi - Indian dessert and festival sweet recipe made with Besan / gram flour/ chickpea flour.

This rich dessert is a Maharastrian / Gujarati recipe. Prepare in advance. Keep in fridge for a week and serve when you want.

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Kaju katli - Kaju katri - Indian cashewnut fudge

Indian Festival - dessert recipe - Made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and keeps for long.

Carrot Halwa -Gajar ka halva

Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week. Even a novice can make carrot halva very easily.

Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat. Can also serve as a sweet dish.

Use coconut oil or any vegetable oil instead of desi ghee if you want to make it vegan.

Besan laddoo - Chickpea flour balls

Besan laddo is made with bengal gram dal flour / chickpea flour. A must for traditional festivals such as Diwali festival.

Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish. Breakfast / snack / sweet. Known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

Shrikhand - Srikhand

Festival sweet - Curd/ Yogurt based dessert recipe, flavored with saffron and cardamom - Easy and simple.

Semiya payasam - vermicelli pudding - Sevai kheer

Shavige payasa, Traditional Indian sweet - dessert. Easy to make and doesn't take a long time. Can keep in fridge for 3 days. Serve hot or cold

Festival Rice Recipes

-  Easy to make rice recipe. Usually made for festivals, breakfast and when you want a one dish meal.

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- Sweet rice pudding recipe made on narali paurnima day in Maharashtra. Also in North Karnataka.

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- Mango rice made using sour green mango. A recipe from South India.

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Festival Raita Recipes


Festival Snack Recipes

Dahi Vada -Dahi Bhalle

A popular yogurt based snack recipe. Good for festivals, summer season and as a party dish.

Known as thyir vade - mosaru vade in south Indian languages.

Batata vada or aloo bonda

Batata vada is a popular snack item. It is served by itself along with chutney or stuffed in a pav/bun to make vada-pav.

Fried poha chivda

- This thick rice flakes recipe is made from thick poha / aval.

Keeps for weeks and easy to make and to pack and carry. It is a must for Diwali festival.

Thin poha chivda

- is made from thin beaten / flattened rice flakes as a easy snack.

It is a part of festival foods such as Diwali. Keeps for 3-4 weeks.

Puri - Poori  - Delicious Indian Fry Bread

Poori is Indian fry bread, popular all over India. It is made with whole wheat flour.

Serve with potato masala or chutney or pickle or curry.

Ambode - Chana dal vada -

This South Indian dal vada recipe is a spicy snack recipe - Festival recipe, made with split chickpeas

Vegetable samosa

Vegetable samosa is usually made with potatoes and peas.

Festival Vegetable Recipes

Potato Subji - Aloo Bhaji

Potato masala subji served with Poori - Chapati - dosa


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